NOTE: As I now understand it, people who wish (“ship”) Rihanna and Chris to rekindle their relationship call themselves Chrianna, and people who oppose that coupling call the Chrianna folks “Team Delusional”
I was walking to lunch with two fellow coworkers as I always do. We’re not so close that we hang out together after work, but we definitely have enough camaraderie to share our meals.
As we strolled we shot the shit as per usual. They were discussing the possibility of Chris Brown and Rihanna getting back together. I’ll be honest, while I am familiar with Rihanna (and enjoy her music) I know next to nothing about Chris Brown except for the incident between him and Rihanna some years ago. So as they were talking about the couple reuniting, they mentioned things like “team delusional” and “Chrianna”. In my blissful ignorance of the happenings of pop stars I tried to enter the conversation.
“Didn’t Chris Brown assault Rhianna a few years ago?” I said, unwittingly unleashing a 10 minute tirade on myself in defense of Chris Brown.
One of the females I was with felt very strongly on the subject, and while I cannot remember every exact word I do remember a few key points. She expressed how angry she was that because of the one incident years ago, Chris would always be branded as an domestic abuser. She stressed that he had never abused anyone before, and hadn’t after either. I could see her points, but she concluded with something that caused me to raise my eyebrows so high they practically escaped onto my scalp.
“And he even said before that he didn’t want to be that way, in a way that’s probably what drove him to be that way. Y’know?”
My coworker at this point was extremely heated from my question and her defense of Mr. Brown that I pointed off to something shiny to distract the three of us from the conversation
While I have no idea if Chris Brown is a changed man or not, or if he had done such things in the past or the will in the future, what I do know is such an immediate and emotional response for a celebrity is frightening to me. Said coworker has often talked about Chris in a manner praising his body of work, so I can’t help but fear a little that she’s like one of those women I saw posting about the incident after it had just happened, wishing that Chris Brown would assault them…
I’m not sure where society is going with celebrity worship, but I’m really sure I don’t like it. I’m fond of certain stars (Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich, and Michelle Rodriguez to name a few…), but if a news story came out tomorrow saying that one of them had done something similar I’d like to think that I would not immediately jump to their defense.
Are celebrities granted special status because of their stardom? I’d like to think not, but it definitely seems so…